Makantasi, Boisson clean up WAC awards to keep Tarleton top of the conference


STEPHENVILLE – For the third in six weeks to start the spring, the Tarleton tennis team swept the Western Athletic Conference weekly awards.

It was announced Wednesday that Martha Makantasi is the WAC Singles Athlete of the Week, plus Makantasi and Elsa Boisson were named the WAC Doubles Team of the Week.

Makantasi, a sophomore, had a week for the ages, winning all four of her singles matches in dominating fashion. She went 3-0 at the No. 3 position and 1-0 at No. 1, with three 6-0, 6-0 sweeps. Overall, she won 48 out of 51 games.

The Metamorfosi, Greece, native helped the Texans to a perfect 4-0 week with victories over Southwestern’s Lydia Lee 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, Montana State’s Andrea Cuquerella 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, UTPB’s Teodora Vrucan 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1, and UTRGV’s Lea Karren 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

Makantasi has an individual six-match winning streak at singles, now 7-2 on the season. This marked her third career WAC Singles Athlete of the Week award, her first of the season.

As a pair in doubles, Makantasi and Boisson went 4-0 to improve to 6-2 on the year together, 5-1 at the No. 3 spot, 1-1 at No. 2. They defeated Southwestern’s Lauren Chisholm and Taylor Despriet 6-2, Montana State’s Jazmin Lerman and Maria Villarejo 6-3, UTPB’s Lea Mjertan and Monika Cantu 6-0, and UTRGV’s Sandra Putz and Kristyna Mamicova 6-4.

Their 6-0 win over UTPB marked their first sweep in doubles of the year. This is the duo’s second career WAC Doubles Team of the Week award, winning their first last season together.

Individually, Makantasi and Boisson each won all eight matches they participated in (four singles, four doubles).

This was the sixth week the WAC has dished out weekly awards this tennis season. Three times now, Tarleton has swept them. With six awards, the Texans have three more than the next closest team in the conference, Grand Canyon. Lamar has had two awards, and Stephen F. Austin has received one.

In Week 1 (Jan. 19), Celia Vaudiau was WAC Singles Athlete of the Week, and Deniza Marcinkevica plus Jemi Aguilar made up the WAC Doubles Team of the Week. In Week 3 (Feb. 2), Marcinkevica was WAC Singles Athlete of the Week, and she was part of the WAC Doubles Team of the Week once again with Aguilar.

Overall this past week, the Texans went 4-0 with three sweeps, outscoring their opponents 26-2. Tarleton has won six straight matches, their longest winning streak in eight years. They’ve also swept their last two opponents, their first such run in three years. Tarleton is 7-2, their best start to a season through the first nine matches in six years, since 2015-16.

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